Popp pair battle on in their team’s defeat at Dunnington
Poppleton 1 duo – Rosie Cantrell (left) and Hilary Spencer
For the second successive weekend, the weather hampered the scheduled matches in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League.
In the games that did take place, Sue Midsely and Ali Ward were unbeaten for Boston Spa as they maintained their 100%-win record in division 4. Their 64-44 win at Tollerton leaves them odds on to claim the title. Julia Sykes and Georgina Mackenzie were in form for Bishopthorpe in their victory over Heworth, leaving them in second place and leading the chasing pack. Appleton’s defeat of New Earswick leaves them with an outside chance of being involved in the promotion places.
Dunnington had mixed fortunes in division 1, losing their first match of the campaign to Castlegarth, and then trouncing a depleted Poppleton side, for whom Captain Hilary Spencer and Rosie Cantrell continue to battle. Castlegarth climb to third place after their annihilation of Pocklington, Angela Wood and Charlotte Todd netting 35 games. York 1 look favourites to retain the top crown after battering Fulford 83-25. At the foot of the table, two out of Poppleton, Fulford and Bishopthorpe, will lose their top-flight status.
David Lloyd confirmed their division 2 promotion at their first attempt after beating struggling Dunnington, Sarah Smelik and Sharon Davidson bagging 25 games in the 68-40 victory. Denise Crane and Eleanor Bradshaw teamed up for Wigginton and only dropped one game as they hammered Starbeck 82-26, leaving Wig poised for promotion.
Fiona Lambert and Josephine Nuttman starred for Pocklington in their 59-49 win against David Lloyd, leaving Pock almost certain division 3 champions and Lloyd still in the mix for the second promotion slot.
Copmanthorpe and Poppleton will both be promoted from division 6, though it remains to be seen who will be champions. Jo Allerton and Wendy Battle’s 27 game haul led Popp to victory over Sheriff; they then went down heavily to new leaders Copmanthorpe, whose three couples won every rubber in their 78-30 win. Knaresborough secured third place after defeating Bubwith 57-51.
Rufforth signed off their season by defeating division 7 champions elect York 3, Wendy Farnell and Denise Reilly netting 24 games in the 64-44 victory to confirm their team’s promotion.
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Division 1: Castlegarth 1 78, Dunnington 1 30; Castlegarth 1 95 (A. Wood & C. Todd 35, Y. Mannall & S. Perkins 31), Pocklington 13; Fulford 1 25, York 1 83; Dunnington 1 76, Poppleton 1 32 (Popp only had 2 couples).
Division 2: Wigginton 1 82 (D. Crane & E. Bradshaw 35), Starbeck 26; David Lloyd 1 68, Dunnington 2 40.
Division 3: Pocklington 2 59, David Lloyd 2 49.
Division 4: Bishopthorpe 2 66, Heworth 42; Appleton Roebuck 1 59 (M. Almgill & C. Howat 31), New Earswick 49; Tollerton 44, Boston Spa 2 64.
Division 6: Bubwith 2 51, Knaresborough 57; Poppleton 3 64, Sheriff Hutton 44; Poppleton 3 30, Copmanthorpe 2 78.
Division 7: York 3 44, Rufforth 2 64.